Whistles Weekend: February culture picks


From the Barbican Centre’s exploration of the art of change to the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s eagerly anticipated Isle of Dogs, we round up the cultural highlights you shouldn’t miss this February.

1. Feast Canteen

Taking over the food court at Hammersmith’s Kings Mall, Feast Canteen is a new pop-up dining spot founded by the Pergola on the Roof team. Hungry visitors can expect a rotating series of guest restaurants, offering the chance to experience various cuisines all in the comfort of one space. Kicking off the new project, Patty & Bun will be offering their crowd-pleasing burgers, while newcomers Sinchow will be serving up new twists on traditional rice paper rolls. We won’t judge you for deciding to abandon your “stop eating out” resolution for this either...

Feast Canteen opens on February 14th at King’s Mall, Hammersmith. Find out more here.

2. The Art of Change

Can the arts change the world? The London Barbican Centre will be answering this question in their upcoming 2018 season, The Art of Change –  a series of events exploring bold artistic responses to current global issues. Broken down to three distinct themes –  ‘changing times’, ‘changing perceptions’ and ‘changing society now’ –  The Art of Change will provide a platform for voices currently underrepresented in the arts to tackle issues around feminism, climate change and human rights. If you can only attend one of the events, get the opening of Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins on February 28th in your diary. Another Kind of Life explores a more complex view of the world by following the lives of individuals and communities living on the fringes of society.

The Art of Change 2018 season at London’s Barbican Centre kicks off February 7th. Find out more here.

3. Seven Seconds: Season 1

From the creator of The Killing, the trailer for new Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds already has us hooked in anticipation of the season premiere. Tackling the issue of racism and its links to police brutality in America, a New Jersey town spirals into turbulent racial tension when an African American teenager is found critically injured. The 10-episode series follows assistant prosecutor K.J. Harper (played by breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey) unearthing an attempted police cover-up. Just when we thought we’d try to give up Netflix this year...

Seven Seconds begins February 23rd on Netflix. Watch the trailer here.

4. The Glasgow Film Festival

Scottish cinema fanatics will be delighted to see the return of the Glasgow Film Festival this February. Audiences can expect to experience the best of regional and international films from all genres, from mainstream crowd-pleasers to art-house experimentation, alongside some well-loved classics. Wes Anderson’s eagerly anticipated stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs will open the film festival, while Doctor Who and Guardian of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan will premier her directorial debut with The Party’s Just Beginning.

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 takes place February 21st to March 4th. Find out more here.

5. Valentine’s Day Embroidery Workshop

Searching for something different to do this Valentine’s Day? We suggest heading over to the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch to textiles designer Rebeckah Kemi Apara’s embroidery workshop. During the 2-hour class, attendees have the opportunity to learn new textile skills in an intimate East London setting. While the workshop is aimed at beginners, all levels are welcome and sewing equipment is provided within the ticket fee. Which just begs the question: who will be the lucky recipient of your new crafty creation?

The Valentine’s Day Embroidery Workshop takes place at Ace Hotel, Shoreditch on February 13th. Purchase tickets here.